Canna, with its smaller neighbour Sanday, is the most westerly of the Small Isles. Known as ‘the garden of the Hebrides’, Canna boasts beautiful green meadows and 248 native flowering plants. White sandy beaches and spectacular scenery await the visitor within easy walking distance from Canna’s sheltered harbour. With over 20 000 breeding seabirds on Canna’s cliffs, there are also plenty opportunities to spot kittiwakes, razorbills and puffins.
9000 years of occupation have left a rich legacy which can be discovered through the guided history tours conducted by the National Trust Ranger. Whilst the Old Laundry presents objects from the more recent past, the outstanding collections in Canna House are a must for anyone interested in Hebridean history and folkore.
Canna today is in the care of the National Trust for Scotland (NTS). It was gifted to the Trust in 1981, by its then owner John Lorne Campbell and his wife, Margaret Fay Shaw, and is still run as a farm with a traditional Hebridean community, as John Campbell requested.
The entire island is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its geographical and biological importance. The island has also been designated a Special Protection Area under the EU Birds Directive, for its large population of breeding seabirds, and is covered by the Small Isles National Scenic Area designation. The island also boasts a number of scheduled ancient monuments, listed buildings and sites of historical and archaeological importance.
To visit the Isle of Canna’s website, click HERE